1. Smoky Fried Chickpeas
Nobody doesn’t love a good spicy fried bean.
2 large cans chickpeas
1 cup olive oil
1 Tbsp. lemon zest, strips
1 Tbsp. smoked paprika
1 sprig fresh thyme
1 coarse salt to taste
4 pieces garlic, sliced
Drain chickpeas and set on paper towels over a colander to dry throughly (can be done one day in advance).
Heat oil in a large pan (preferably cast-iron) to 355ºF or until oil makes bubbles around one chickpea. Add lemon zest, thyme sprig, and fry chickpeas in batches so pan doesn’t crowd. Fry about 5 minutes until crunchy and golden-brown.
Remove chickpeas and herbs from oil, drain well over colander/sieve. Add sliced garlic to oil and fry until golden. Drain.
Toss chickpeas and garlic with smoked paprika and salt, adding more if necessary. Serve warm.
2. Sage-Candied Walnuts
WARNING: It’s possible that at least one guest will form a candied walnut habit and refuse to consume anything else for the rest of the meal.
3. Party Popcorn
Like all great spectacles, Thanksgiving cooking chaos is best observed while eating popcorn. This popcorn.
4. Fig and Blue Cheese Savouries
Like an adorable way of having an entire cheese plate all to yourself.
5. Chevre Devils
Candy pecans, stuff dates, arrange, eat.
6. Party Mix for Grown-Ups
Sure, all the little nieces and nephews are cute or whatever. That does NOT mean they should have exclusive access to fun snack mix.
7. Crispy Spice-Brined Pecans
These pecans are harboring a dark, salty, and very tasty secret: They’ve been BRINED.